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A striking and underrated film that brought together a number of great talents who were soon to meet tragic ends, The Misfits is a film that arguably deserves a first-class presentation on DVD, and while the current digital edition from MGM Home Entertainment isn't the feature-packed version one might hope for, it's still superior to the film's previous VHS releases. The Misfits has been given a letterboxed transfer in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio, and the Dolby Digital audio presents the soundtrack in its ...
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A striking and underrated film that brought together a number of great talents who were soon to meet tragic ends, The Misfits is a film that arguably deserves a first-class presentation on DVD, and while the current digital edition from MGM Home Entertainment isn't the feature-packed version one might hope for, it's still superior to the film's previous VHS releases. The Misfits has been given a letterboxed transfer in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio, and the Dolby Digital audio presents the soundtrack in its original monophonic mix (the disc also includes two alternate audio tracks with the film dubbed into Spanish and French). The feature is closed-captioned in English, with optional subtitles in Spanish and French. The only additional feature is the film's original theatrical trailer, but the crisp video transfer will give fans of the film's stellar cast enough of a reason to give this disc a look.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; Spanish: mono; French & Spanish subtitles
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Seldom, if ever, has a movie been in as much synchronicity with the lives of its stars as The Misfits. In fact, director John Huston's gift for casting took a spooky turn in this case. The film, ostensibly about disappearing independence, has mortality seeping from its every pore. It's a haunting and ghostly film about the end of an era that turned out to be the end of an era itself. Most famously, The Misfits was the last movie that two of the biggest screen legends, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, would complete. By the early 60s, Monroe was going in and out of hospitals trying to deal with her drug problem and her overwhelming depression. She died of a drug overdose a year and a half after the movie was completed. Gable, reportedly bored with waiting for Monroe on the set, refused to have a stuntman do his stunts at the age of 59! and died less than a week after the end of filming for The Misfits. The final tragic story is the one of Montgomery Clift. One of the most supremely talented actors of his generation in the same style but better than James Dean, Clift goes largely underappreciated today. His withered and languorous performance in The Misfits must have struck very close to home. It's a movie filled with loss, too much of it from outside the film itself. Brendon Hanley
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Seldom, if ever, has a movie been in as much synchronicity with the lives of its stars as The Misfits. In fact, director John Huston's gift for casting took a spooky turn in this case. The film, ostensibly about disappearing independence, has mortality seeping from its every pore. It's a haunting and ghostly film about the end of an era that turned out to be the end of an era itself. Most famously, The Misfits was the last movie that two of the biggest screen legends, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, would complete. By the early 60s, Monroe was going in and out of hospitals trying to deal with her drug problem and her overwhelming depression. She died of a drug overdose a year and a half after the movie was completed. Gable, reportedly bored with waiting for Monroe on the set, refused to have a stuntman do his stunts (at the age of 59!) and died less than a week after the end of filming for The Misfits. The final tragic story is the one of Montgomery Clift. One of the most supremely talented actors of his generation (in the same style but better than James Dean), Clift goes largely underappreciated today. His withered and languorous performance in The Misfits must have struck very close to home. It's a movie filled with loss, too much of it from outside the film itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2001
  • UPC: 027616862938
  • Original Release: 1961
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  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Gay Langland
Marilyn Monroe Roslyn Taber
Montgomery Clift Perce Howland
Thelma Ritter Isabelle Steers
Eli Wallach Guido Dellini
James Barton Old Man in the Bar
Estelle Winwood Church Lady
Kevin McCarthy Mr. Taber
Dennis Shaw Young Boy in Bar
J. Lewis Smith Fresh Cowboy in Bar
Marieta Tree Susan
Ralph Roberts Ambulance Driver at rodeo
Philip Mitchell Charles Steers
Technical Credits
John Huston Director
John Day Stunts
Stephen B. Grimes Art Director
Frank LaRue Makeup
Frank R. McKelvey Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Arthur Miller Screenwriter
William Newberry Art Director
Alex North Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Pasco Stunts
Frank Prehoda Makeup
Chuck Roberson Stunts
Allan Snyder Makeup
Frank E. Taylor Producer
George Tomasini Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Credits/Separations [10:51]
2. The Misfits Meet [5:46]
3. "No Better Place To Be" [7:44]
4. "Dancing In The Desert" [5:39]
5. "Let's Just Live!" [9:50]
6. "The Gift Of Life" [6:35]
7. "Natural Born Fool" [4:56]
8. Bar Bet's On Her [6:06]
9. Busted Bronco Rider [:13]
10. Blind Drunk [13:05]
11. A Dog-Eat Dog World [11:21]
12. Invading God's Country [7:59]
13. Man vs. Mustang [9:46]
14. "Three Dead Men" [6:35]
15. A Battle Of Willis [6:16]
16. Finding Their Way Home [2:46]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The end of the west and a new kind of western,

    The Misfits was touted as the next great American movie when it was being made. And why not? It was written by Pulitzer prize play write Arthur Miller for his soon to be ex-wife Marilyn Monroe. It was directed by the already legendary John Huston and stared Icon Hollywood actors Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, and Monroe. For Monroe and Gable it would be there final Film. While received well by the critics at the time it was a box office failure. The average person was not ready for a modern day western that showed the myth of the west was over and those remaining trying to live by its code were just Misfits. Thankfully, over the years the movie has gained a cult classic status that it deserves. The Misfits is a must see for fans of Monroe, Gable, Clift, and/or Huston and for fans of movies and movie history, this movie did herald a new era in Hollywood.

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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